Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's National Squirrel Appreciation Day!



This bratty animal is celebrating today.
Yes, it's real. This truly is a whole day set aside for my arch enemy, the squirrel! So I have to appreciate those pesky little beasts that come into my yard and taunt me. But I do appreciate them and here is why:

1. Squirrels keep me alert

2. Squirrels give me something to look for when I am walking by trees.

3. Squirrels plant seeds and acorns (sometimes in my potted plants).

4. Squirrels are job security for ME

5. Squirrels are better than RATS!
Here I am smelling
where the squirrel has been

So I am going to celebrate by patrolling my yard for Squirrels. And If I see one, I will chase it away.... but not until I wish it A HAPPY SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY!

More on National Squirrel Appreciation Day

Wordless Wednesday: Waiting for the Squirrels

This is the fence the squirrels run on. I keep them out of the yard.

Monday, January 19, 2015

When a Treat is not Food

Here I am at the Washougal Dog Park
Yeah, really. Sometimes treats are not food and I, Cinnamon, love ALL KINDS OF TREATS!

I have to start by telling you that I was naughty last night. My owner was away and I slinked into the living room and hopped up on the couch to sleep. I know I'm not supposed to do that. I would never do that when she is looking. But, heck, she was gone! So I didn't expect much today. I thought I'd still be in trouble.

Turns out that she read somewhere that dogs have a short memory when it comes to behavior. So she saw no reason why I should still be in trouble when I woke up this morning. SCORE! I was off the hook for my inappropriate behavior last night.

So I knew today would be a good one... full of treats, I hoped. So I was pretty excited when I got my harness and leash on and was invited to go for a ride.

We headed out Hwy 14 to Washougal. That is always a good sign. I've walked the Dike there. I've gone to my Country Club there. And... I found a new dog park there. So I soon noticed that our destination was the latter... THE DOG PARK!

I was so excited. WHAT A WONDERFUL TREAT! I got to sniff around, meet some dogs (including 5, count them, Golden Retrievers). It's not the most scenic dog park but it will do while I wait for Lucky Dog Park to be open again.
Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy!
We did about four laps when the sun came out. ANOTHER TREAT! I couldn't wait to get home so I could sun myself in the back yard.

So far, it's been a great day!

Love, Cinnamon

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Can Dogs Get Alzheimer's?

It was rainy this afternoon so I decided to peruse the Internet, as dogs do, and read dog-related articles. Imagine my surprise when i came upon an article of high interest to me, a middle-aged dog!

Older Dogs, Aged Minds: Dealing With Dog Dementia is worth reading. Sometimes I stare at the wall and my owner wonders why. Actually I am usually just soaking in a sunbeam and relaxing.

My owner worries that I don't get enough mental stimulation so she often takes me on errands in the car just so I'll have something to do. Now that isn't my idea of something to do but maybe it's better for me than staying at home sleeping or staring at a wall.

The article, and other similar ones, say that yes, dogs can suffer from dementia. There are signs that your dog is suffering from dementia. Watch for these early on and maybe you can do something to help! Here are some things to be concerned about.


-       Pacing nervously
-       Stares at walls or into space
-       Can’t figure out how to come inside from the yard
-       Is unsure of familiar foods and treats

-       Gets lost in the house… like behind a couch and can’t figure out how to get “unlost”

Now just remember that when I, CINNAMON, do some of these things, it's not anything to worry about. I like staring once in a while. And sometimes I ask to come in the side door when my owner has requested I use the back door all the time. I just like the side door, really.

If you read the articles on the Internet, you’ll soon find that dementia is relatively common in senior dogs. This condition may be called Canine Cognitive Dysfunction or Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome. Once an elderly dog is suffering from dementia there is not a lot to do to change it. You just have to help your dog cope.So if you are worried about your dog becoming demented as he or she ages, there are some things you can do now.

You can keep your dog’s mind as young as possible by doing things like (unfortunately) taking your dog out in the car on errands. Better than that, let your dog socialize with other dogs at a dog park.
Here I am hunting squirrels!

Teach your dog tricks or how to do new things. Take your dog for walks. Consider learning a agility course together. Play with your dog. Enjoy toys, ball chasing and, for hounds like me, tracking in the woods.


There’s a lot that you can do with your dog. If you work during the day, consider doggie day care where they will play with your dog for you.

I am taking responsibility for my own cognitive health too. I carefully watch all the squirrels that come in my yard and do my best to chase them off. Then, when they are gone, I sniff around the yard looking for the peanuts they hide in the garden and lawn. I dig them up and eat them!

Activity is good for us dogs. It helps our bodies and minds stay young. Just think of it as Lumosity for dogs!

Love, Cinnamon



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pet Fitness Twitter Chat Tonight!

Here I am being fit on a recent 5K Walk 
Remember when I wrote about Hill's® Prescription Diet® Canine Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution?  Well, it’s January and everyone seems to be health conscious. I wanted to invite you to a chat on Twitter.

Hill’s is hanging out with us at #BlogPawsChat Tuesday 1/13/15 from 8 – 10 p.m. Eastern. They would love for you to attend and let your friends know so that they can attend, too.

You can play along with quiz questions to win some fun prizes.


The topic of the chat is “Healthy Weight and Staying Fit.” Come hang out and tweet with us!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

On Country Clubs, Parties and Gifts

I was surprised. I was shipped off to my country club without much notice. Usually I know something is up because my owner is packing things and filling my food container to the tippy top. Often there are bags lined up in front of the garage door.

But this time not much was happening except she was cleaning house. So I was really surprised when she motioned to me to jump into the car. It was just me and a half container of food. What was up?

And I jumped in the car. We headed east down highway 14 toward Washougal.... It was either the dog park or my country club. When we headed into the hills I knew it! ..... I was going to my country club! I hoped there were some friendly dogs. Once I encountered a snappy dog. I didn't like her and we ended up biting each other!

This is what was going on at my house when
I was at the country club.
We drove through the elegant gates, down the drive lined with manicured lawns and trees. Ah, the country club. I was looking forward to playing with some upscale dogs or maybe even getting a spa treatment. Naaa.... those are too much like baths!

The regular receptionist wasn't there. I heard she was on vacation. But the young woman remembered me and called me by name. She was one of the staff there who fed us, led us to our private rooms and took us out to play each day. I was happy to be there.

So I had a wonderful time and wasn't really ready to go home when my owner came to pick me up. I had just been playing with a fun black labrador retriever when they came to get me. "Your Mom is here, Cinnamon." (my owner really isn't my mom... she's my adopted mom).

Here I am opening my gift.
It matches my lovely pink collar!
When I got back home I was in for a real surprise. The furniture was all askew and it smelled like people (both strangers and friends, I deduced after sniffing around). And I could smell food... sandwiches and snacks. Hmmmm. I think I missed A PARTY!

While the dog's away, the owner will play, it seems. A big party happened and I WASN'T INVITED!

I wanted to go outside and bury my new rawhide.
But my owner nixed that!
See how clean the rug is?
While my feelings were a little hurt, I felt much better after I was handed MY PRESENT! One of the guests had thoughtfully brought me a housewarming gift. I carefully opened the paper. IT WAS SOME RAWHIDES! Yippee! I didn't have any and was dying to try them.

They weren't easy to gobble up like treats. Hmmm. This was something different. I tired of knawing on my new rawhide and decided to go out in the yard and bury it for future fun. But my owner wouldn't let me do that. The house was all clean and she thought muddy paws would not be a good idea. So I hid it in my toy basket!

So I missed a party. I can handle it. I had a pretty good time playing at my country club. And I didn't even get into a fight this time!

Love, Cinnamon